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Re: Caving anybody? Check this out!
« Reply #60 on: December 01, 2014, 08:06:49 pm »
Yes, Caving is called spelunking, and yes, the cave has been explored further, but I will leave it to Cave Girl to give us an update.

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« Reply #61 on: December 02, 2014, 09:34:32 am »
Leon Dude please send her a pm and shake her up a bit as now we are all waiting :thumleft:
 

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« Reply #62 on: December 02, 2014, 09:56:02 am »
Leon Dude please send her a pm and shake her up a bit as now we are all waiting :thumleft:
Have done, but she is very busy at the moment. I'm sure she'll update ASAP.
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« Reply #63 on: December 05, 2014, 09:46:20 pm »
There is a trip on the 14th December to survey a passage near the  entrance if anyone is keen.... They have still not found the end of the main passage ....
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Re: Caving anybody? Check this out!
« Reply #64 on: May 08, 2015, 06:03:53 pm »
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Watch Carte Blanche on Sunday evening to see their scoop on this cave.
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« Reply #65 on: May 08, 2015, 09:22:17 pm »
MAJOR BUMP!
Watch Carte Blanche on Sunday evening to see their scoop on this cave.

I saw the Carte Blanche inset being advertised, and was wondering if it's the same cave. I'll be watching with interest! So, have they found the end of it yet?
 

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Re: Caving anybody? Check this out!
« Reply #66 on: May 11, 2015, 06:59:18 am »
Watched the Carte Blanche program.  The size of those chambers are huge!  Indeed it must have been mind-boggling for the first cavers who went in there.  Must have taken some courage!

The way they presented the geology, it came across that the cave was formed because of (and hence contemporaneous with) the Vredefort meteorite impact, which happened about 2 billion years ago.  Although the rocks and structures they described (cataclasite, etc.) are generally interpreted to be due to the Vredefort event, I cannot imagine that the actual cave is that old.  Looking at the footage of the conditions of the walls (little weathering and little crystal growth) and the blocks of rock lying on the floor only covered by a relatively thin covering of "dirt", I'd say this cave formed relatively recently (which of course can still mean millions of years in geological timescales).  Just thinking what a cave would have had to endure and survive over the last 2 billion years makes the chances of it doing so infinitesimally small.  I suspect that the Carte Blanche presenter might have misunderstood the geologists in the sense that some of the geologic reasons why the cave developed (at a much later stage) was imbedded in the rocks by the much older Vredefort smash-up.

Regardless of the origin, it seems a fairly unique phenomenon, so congrats to Cave Girl and her cohorts for finding & exploring it!
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Re: Caving anybody? Check this out!
« Reply #67 on: May 11, 2015, 07:29:49 am »
Small HJ  ;D
but the fact that Cave Girl found a lost Leon, is also a fairly unique phenomenon  :peepwall:
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« Reply #68 on: May 11, 2015, 07:46:29 am »
Small HJ  ;D
but the fact that Cave Girl found a lost Leon, is also a fairly unique phenomenon  :peepwall:

But I am a bit younger.  :biggrin:
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« Reply #69 on: May 11, 2015, 08:11:46 am »
Very interesting, but clostefobia will get the better of me down there. I'll take to the sky any day but to crawl and walk in confined spaces....no can do
 

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Re: Caving anybody? Check this out!
« Reply #70 on: May 11, 2015, 09:36:54 am »
Was interesting to watch the Carte Blanche bit last night.
Must be awesome exploring down there.